PUMPS have been brought into Hereford as water levels rise on the river Wye. 

Engineers from Welsh Water arrived yesterday (December 28) to install the pumps along St Martin's Street from the junction with Wye Street and into the river next to the Saracens Head pub. 

The footpaths either side of the Old Bridge are both closed in the aftermath of yesterday's floods.


The nearby Bishop's Meadows is also underwater, with Victoria Bridge impassable from the south side of the river. 

Hereford Times: Bishops Meadows is under water in HerefordBishops Meadows is under water in Hereford (Image: Paul Rogers/Hereford Times)

Hereford Times: The flooded Bishops Meadows are handy for these ducksThe flooded Bishops Meadows are handy for these ducks (Image: Paul Rogers/Hereford Times)

The Wye is currently 4.53 metres at the Old Bridge; however, levels are expected to rise over the weekend to between 4.7m and 5.2m by Sunday afternoon (December 31). 

The Environment Agency says that flooding is expected to affect properties and roads in north Hereford, including the Greyfriars area.

Warnings are in force for the Wye in both north and south Hereford, as well as for the Ross-on-Wye gauge. 

Hereford Times: Lower Bullingham Lane is still closed Lower Bullingham Lane is still closed (Image: Paul Rogers/Hereford Times)

Lower Bullingham Lane and Watery Lane are still flooded, with the water now reaching the 'road closed' sign by the junction with Holme Lacy Road. The opposite side of Holme Lacy Road is also under water. 

However, the A438 at Letton on the Hereford to Brecon road has reopened after flooding caused it close yesterday.